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Derbyshire Delegation Visits China

Following on from last year, a delegation of Derby and Derbyshire businesses and civic leaders has returned to China as part of a wider Midlands Engine trade and investment mission.

The delegation is visiting China with the aim of furthering civic and economic partnerships with the city of Hefei in Anhui province, which could potentially boost trade and tourism.

The delegation includes a mixture of representatives from Derby City Council and the University of Derby, as well as Derbyshire County Council, the Tourism Board and representatives from the private sector.

As part of the trade and investment mission, the delegation will also visit Shanghai to showcase Derby and Derbyshire at the China International Industry Fair.

The China International Industry Fair is one of the most influential international industry exhibitions in China. 

The fair hosts 2,500 exhibitors and over 160,000 trade visitors.

At the fair, the UK has been named the Country of Honour, and the Midlands Engine is set to launch its China Strategy, which will be officially unveiled by Sir John Peace. 

Rolls-Royce will also be exhibiting at the China International Industry Fair, and take part in a Q&A panel following on from Sajid Javid.

Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “China’s interest in the UK is clearly growing and we want Derbyshire to be at the forefront of their thinking when it comes to overseas travel and investment in business and industry.

“International trade with Chinese businesses is initiated through Government to Government links so the county council has a major role to play in building relationships with Chinese Governors to show exactly what Derbyshire has to offer in terms of economic regeneration and tourism.”

China Business to Business Event

Bondholder Derby CIty Council is inviting businesses to participate in a series of business to business meetings with up to 17 Chinese businesses as a part of a high-profile delegation from Hefei.

The businesses from Hefei represent the following industries: property, medical technology, printing, sports goods, agricultural technology, electrical appliances, steel, clothing, construction and tourism. The meetings are designed for businesses to make initial contact with relevant Chinese firms to explore doing business and sharing information.

The group travels to Derby as a part of an official delegation led by Hefei Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and Hefei Industry and Commerce Federation. Over two days the Hefei delegation will enjoy a mixture of business and visiting some of the many sights of Derby to understand its deep and long industrial heritage.

The event will be held on Friday, 20 October 2017 from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

To register, or for more information, please click here. 

Chinese Market Opportunity

Following a successful trade and investment mission to China last year, Derby and Derbyshire will be returning to the world's second largest economy later this year.

Derby and Derbyshire will be visiting China as part of the Midlands Engine, in this government supported initiative.

In preparation for the mission, Bondholder Derby City Council is holding a briefing on Thursday 21st September, to give more detail about the market visit.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We are encouraging local businesses to find out about the possibility of doing business in China, in a controlled environment.

"If you are curious about opportunities within China, this is your chance to find out more."

For more information about the China trade mission please click here and here. For further information, please contact Georgina Staley - georgina.staley@marketingderby.co.uk

Derbyshire in China

A delegation of Derby and Derbyshire businesses and civic leaders, travelled to China in November, as part of a wider Midlands Engine trade and investment mission.

They visited China with the aims of furthering civic and economic partnerships with the city of Hefei in Anhui province, which could potentially boost trade and tourism. They also furthered university to university partnerships, which could bring Chinese students and visitors to Derby.

Councillor Ranjit Banwait, leader of Derby City Council, said: “This is a big opportunity for the city, China is a superpower and we’ve got the opportunity to do business with them. This is our opportunity to be part of the world stage and to sit alongside the greatest cities in the world.”

Councillor Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Derby City Council, said: “This partnership will open doors to so many opportunities for business, investment, culture and tourism. The visit is a very strong statement of intent and the synergies between the Derby and Derbyshire offer. The opportunities in Hefei and Anhui are very clear.”

The delegation, was received extremely well with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both cities and regions to allow collaboration and innovation between all parties to get underway, whilst the Universities signed agreements of their own as well.

The visit was part of the Midlands Engine mission, co-ordinated by the China-Britain Business Council, which saw delegations from cities across the Midlands meeting with partners across China, before coming together in Shanghai to present a united front to Chinese civic and business leaders and investors.

Rolls-Royce's $700M China Deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won a $700m order from China Southern for Trent 700 engines to power ten Airbus A330 aircraft, including TotalCare® long-term engine service support.

The agreement confirms the Trent 700 as the overwhelming engine of customer choice in Greater China, with a market share of close to 90%.

“We are proud to support China’s continued airline growth, creating new connections that link China ever more closely. We are particularly grateful to China Southern, a valued customer that was the first airline in mainland China to operate the A330, for its continued support for our engines.
— Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President

The order was signed at the Zhuhai Airshow by Li Ming, Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering Department, China Southern, and Paul Hallam, Rolls-Royce, Vice President,Greater China – Civil Aerospace. The signing was witnessed by Li Tongbin, Executive Vice President, China Southern, and Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Customers – Civil Aerospace.

Li Tongbin said: “We have been impressed with Rolls-Royce engine performance in service and look forward to further developing our relationship with this latest order. Rolls-Royce has an important role to play in supporting our fleet growth.”

Today representatives from Rolls-Royce are in attendance at the  fourth annual China-Britain Business Council Outbound Conference, held in Shanghai, and have stressed the real investment opportunities offered in Derby.

While addressing the conference, Patrick Horgan, Regional Director North-East Asia for Rolls-Royce, said: "Infinity Park Derby offers real opportunities for inward investment in trains, planes and automobiles."

 

 

University to Strengthen Collaborations in China

Delegates from Bondholder the University of Derby are visiting China this week as part of the Midlands Engine initiative to further strengthen collaborations with the country, in particular in Shanghai and Hefei.

The Midlands Engine initiative aims to boost economic growth across the Midlands through enhanced trade and investment with China, which has the world’s second biggest economy and largest population.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs, Professor Judith Lamie, Professor of Distributed Computing, Lu Liu and Professor Paul Stewart, Director of Innovation are among the representatives taking part in the initiative.

Professor Lamie said: “We are strongly committed to developing mutually beneficial collaborations and working closely with businesses and universities in China.

“The higher education sector is becoming increasingly internationalised, which is why trips like this are integral to support our international strategy.  

Earlier this year, representatives from the University visited China as part of a ministerial delegation led by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. During this visit the University developed agreements with Anhui University and Hefei University. Delegates from these universities have since visited Derbyshire resulting in agreements being signed between the institutions.

The focus of the visit for the University will be to continue to develop relationships with Anhui and Hefei Universities and local businesses.

We hold a unique position in the UK, supporting research, innovation and enterprise in a city which is home to global giants such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier, and lays claim to the title UK Capital of Innovation.”
— Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor

China-Britain Business Council Outbound Conference

As well as delegates from Derby, forty organisations from across the Midlands Engine have travelled to China, to coincide with the fourth annual China-Britain Business Council Outbound Conference being held in Shanghai this Thursday.

The one day conference run by the China-Britain Business Council, and supported by the Department for International Trade, will present over 11 Derbyshire development opportunities to private Chinese investors. 

The conference has been designed to enable British and Chinese companies to identify practical opportunities and to realise investment partnerships in the UK.

China is the third largest export market for the Midlands Engine, with over £4.5bn of goods exported to the area. 

Major Reception Held in China

 

The Derbyshire delegation in China took part in a major reception today, hosted by the Governor of Anhui Province. At the event, 20 members of the Derbyshire delegation met with 30 representatives of the Provincial Government, which controls an area with a population in excess of 70 million.

This is a first toe in the water of something that could be enormous. We have started in the right place with the right people
— David Williams, Chairman of Geldards and Derby Renaissance Board

The event follows a number of successful Embassy receptions held by Derby over the last ten years in Birmingham, London and Cannes, which have proven essential in creating interest in investment prospects.

Today we have taken a major step forward by bringing such a strong public-private delegation to develop our partnership with Hefei. Our commitment has impressed them and I’m confident this will result in jobs and investment into Derby.
— Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council

A brochure was prepared for the event, and a special film introducing the investment opportunities to the Chinese market.

 

 

 

China Hosts Investment Mission

A delegation of Derby and Derbyshire businesses, and civic leaders, has travelled to China this week, as part of a wider Midlands Engine trade and investment mission.

The delegation has travelled to China with aims to further civic and economic partnerships with the city of Hefei in the Anhui province, which could potentially boost trade and tourism. They will also explore university to university partnerships, which could bring Chinese students to Derby.

Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, said: “This is a big opportunity for the city, China is a superpower and we've got the opportunity to do business with them. This is our opportunity to be part of the world stage and to sit alongside the greatest cities in the world.”

We are keen to see Derbyshire as being central to Government’s plans to promote the Midlands Engine
— Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council

Martin Rawson, Deputy-Leader, said: "Both cities have similarities, be that the passion and friendliness of our people as well as the highly successful industries both cities are home to. This partnership will open doors to so many opportunities for business, investment, culture and tourism.

The visit is a very strong statement of intent and the synergies between the Derby and Derbyshire offer. The opportunities in Hefei and Anhui are very clear
— Nick Low, British Embassy Beijing

"It's a fantastic time to be making such connections and will, I hope, lead to new jobs and opportunities for people in Derby."

Derby’s strong public – private partnership team includes representatives from the Bondholder community, including East Midlands Chamber, Smith of Derby, Geldards, University of Derby, and Derby City Council.

The delegation will also be joined by Marketing Derby Managing Director, John Forkin.

John Forkin said: “This is no quick hit, we will come back with contacts, not contracts, however, if we don't make the effort and show commitment, the investment will go elsewhere.”